Posted July 10, 2012 by Mikael Angelo Francisco in Comics

DAREDEVIL: END OF DAYS Coming In October 2012

It is not unusual in the world of comics for future projects to be delayed, go on indefinite hiatus, or even be scrapped entirely. Daredevil: End of Days was announced in 2007, and has since slipped under the radar, mainly due to a lack of promotion from Marvel itself and the steady stream of news about Marvel’s big tentpole events and movies.

After five years, Marvel has finally provided us with a concrete update, via our comics-loving brothers over at Newsarama.com.

Created in the same vein as the alternate-reality “The End” stories for other Marvel characters such as Wolverine, the Hulk, and Punisher, Daredevil: End of Days will be written by Brian Michael Bendis and David Mack, with Klaus Jansen, Bill Sienkiewicz and Alex Maleev working on covers and interiors. The first issue is schedule to hit the stands this October.

Set in the “not-so-distant-future”, Bendis calls it “a glimpse of what the Marvel Universe very well might turn out looking like, if all things go to hell. But not in a dystopian, Mad Max-way — a more realistic way.” It starts with the “very public” murder of Daredevil, and hands over the spotlight to the Daily Bugle’s very own Ben Urich, as he seeks answers to the questions surrounding Murdock’s death, and takes a long, painful and extensive look at the life of the Man Without Fear. Touted as a nod to the classic film Citizen Kane, as well as Bendis’s entire run on Daredevil, Daredevil: End of Days is seen by the creators as a love letter to everyone who has ever worked on the character. Expect heroes and villains from DD’s world to appear, like the Kingpin, Bullseye, Elektra, and every “ladyfriend” of ol’ Hornhead. The Punisher and Nick Fury will be showing up in the miniseries as well.

Janson is treating this as “the last Daredevil story,” regardless of continuity or current plans for the ongoing book by Mark Waid. Additionally, Mack describes the series as a commentary on journalism and print media as well, as it highlights Urich’s experiences in his quest to write one last story for the Bugle.

Editor Tom Brennan has described working with Bendis and company on this series as “watching a bunch of masters at their craft.” In a few months, we’ll be able to see for ourselves if these masters still have it in them to produce a worthy (possible) eulogy for one of Marvel’s most interesting mainstream heroes.

Check out these awesome covers and pages for Daredevil: End of Days.

Mikael Angelo Francisco